Harvey Alan Bayless, 90, of Overland Park, passed away on April 6, 2014. He was born to the late Harry and Stella Bayless, January 10, 1924 in Frankfort, Ohio. Harvey graduated from Frankfort High School in May 1946. He served in World War II as a 2nd Lieutenant Communications Maintenance Worker for the Air Force. After returning from the war, he married Mamie Wilson in 1945. Harvey graduated from Syracuse University in 1956 with a degree in Physics. He was an Electronic Engineer with the government for more than 37 years. Harvey was one of the original Tuskegee Airmen to receive the Congressional Gold Medal for outstanding military service to our Nation during World War II in 2007. He was a long time resident of Overland Park, a member of Valley View United Methodist Church, Tuskegee Airmen Heart of America Chapter, Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), Air Force Association (AFA), and Life Member of the Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers. Harvey is survived by his wife Mamie; two children: Roderick Bayless of San Diego, CA, Kathleen Bayless of Petaluma, CA; two grandchildren and a sister Blanche Brewer of Westmoreland, NY. A visitation will be held from 11 am to 12 pm on Friday, April 11, 2014 at Valley View United Methodist Church, 8412 W. 95th St. Overland Park, KS 66212, with service beginning at 12 pm. Interment will follow in Shawnee Mission Memory Gardens. The family requests that donations be made to the Valley View United Methodist Church. Fond memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.johnsoncountychapel.com
(Arrangements by D.W. Newcomer's Sons Johnson County Chapel, 11200 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park, KS 66210. (913)451-1860) www.dwnewcomers.com
Published by Kansas City Star on Apr. 9, 2014.